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Archive for November, 2009

Wilmington police search area of reported robbery and shot fired, find no one

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

WILMINGTON | Police searched a residential neighborhood near Market Street on Wednesday evening after a woman’s purse was stolen and a shot was fired.The robbery occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Chestnut Street, said Lt. Tom Witkowski of the Wilmington Police Department.

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Marine pleads guilty to soliciting sex with a minor in Pender County

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Pender County | A 24-year-old man who authorities say traveled from Camp Lejeune to Pender County with the hope of having sex with a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to four and half years in prison, officials said.

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Dealing with military stress

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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By the end of the year, Army suicides will have reached a record high. One hundred forty active duty soldiers have already committed suicide this year; seventy-one others took their own lives after being taken off active duty.

It doesn’t matter what branch of the military someone chooses when deciding to fight for our country. Experts say overcoming the stigma associated with talking about the experience is a hurdle they haven’t figured out how to overcome.

“I was seen as crazy because I needed to talk to somebody,” said Douglas Owen.

Owen is a licensed professional counselor and Navy veteran. During his military service, Owen spoke to a professional about his experience. “And to come back now and say I need to talk to somebody, I don’t think the stigma has gone away.”

Earlier this month, a soldier killed 13 people at Fort Hood. The following day, one Marine killed another at Camp Lejeune.

Wednesday, the Army announced suicide numbers would set a new record for the fifth consecutive year.

“Coming back into society, dealing with issues their family may have, or that they may have personally or financially, to make that tough readjustment it can be. Coming from a combat zone or being in a theater were combat is occurring to coming back home,” said Mike McIntyre.

Owen says military training teaches troops to hide their emotions. Ultimately military men and women are worried about criticism for seeking help. “That’s a function of a military person. Is to say ‘I can push through this agony, push through this pain and suffering’. But then when does anybody ever say ‘okay that pain that you pushed down the other day, let’s get that out’? Nobody does that.”

Congressman Mike McIntyre says he wants to change that before President Obama signs the defense bill. “To make sure that every returning veteran coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan has access to get any assistance they may need for readjustment counseling.”

Owen hopes returning military will take advantage of the services. “For me, the little bit of stigma I had to deal with, it was worth it.”

McIntyre recently announced plans for a new veterans clinic in Wilmington. 77,000 veterans live in southeastern North Carolina.

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videoBy the end of the year, Army suicides will have reached a record high. One hundred forty active duty soldiers have already committed suicide this year; seventy-one others took their own lives after being taken off active duty.

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Former Brunswick County sheriff has new job

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is back on the job, but not as a law enforcement officer.

Hewett is working part time for Brunswick County developer Mark Saunders.

Hewett was transferred to a halfway house in Wilmington after being released from federal prison, and is allowed to have a job. Company spokeswoman Nita Hill spoke with Hewett who declined an on-camera interview with WWAY.

Hewett worked for the company before he was sentenced for embezzlement and obstruction of justice. Hill told us they are pleased to have his talent and experience back.

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Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett is back on the job, but not as a law enforcement officer.

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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department collects unwanted pills

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

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Wednesday was the day to safely dispose of your old or expired prescription medication. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department collected hundreds of unwanted pills from the public, all in an effort to safely dispose of them, while keeping them out of the reach of children or teens, and folks who may use them illegally.

The sheriff’s department encourages people to bring their prescriptions to their office, instead of flushing them down the toilet, because they can contaminate the water.

“We encourage anyone, if you have medication that you need to dispose of, please don’t hesitate to give us a call,” said Sheriff Ingram.

Deputies, along with the help of pharmacists from Dosher Memorial Hospital, took an inventory of the pills. Deputies will then get a court order to dispose of the drugs properly.

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Wednesday was the day to safely dispose of your old or expired prescription medication. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department collected hundreds of unwanted pills from the public, all in an effort…

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